Gus Poyet: 'Sunderland players must show belief'

Poyet: 'Players must show belief'
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Gus Poyet calls upon the Sunderland squad to show plenty of belief in their battle for Premier League survival.

New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has urged his players to show some belief over the coming months.

The Blacks Cats are without a win from their opening seven matches and currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, which in turn has made them among the favourites to be relegated.

However, Poyet, who was confirmed as Paolo Di Canio's replacement earlier today, believes that his side have every chance of preserving their status, but only if they show the correct attitude.

"Everyone will say that it's going to be very difficult," he told reporters. "What I see and what I've been checking, I do believe we can get safe. I need to convince the players and everybody.

"We need to really believe in this. It's my job to make sure everyone contributes to the cause. I'm confident and I'm a positive person."

After the international break, Poyet will take charge of his first game against Swansea City.

Gus Poyet stands on the touchline during Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Portsmouth in 2011.
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